Cincy Yuleblog Gift Idea: Garmin eTrex 20 Bundle

You will never get lost in the woods again if you take advantage of this great bundled package from Garmin. The Garmin ETREX 20 bundle is a great gift idea not only are you getting $249.99 worth of items for $169.99 you are also getting a great GPS. It comes with Topo maps, a Micro SD card and a case. This is for the outdoor enthusiast whether you are fishing, hiking, or hunting.

This unit has a 2.2” 65k color TRT screen, a high-sensitivity GPS with HotFix support, it is preloaded with a WW basemap. It also has 1.7GB internal memory and a MicroSD slot.


Make sure you get your hands on this great deal quickly. We have limited quantities of this item and no rain checks will be issued. 


The Pre-Rut Is ON !!!

Get ready boys and girls because The Pre-Rut is ON:  With the bumper crop of acorns this year I have been waiting for rut to get started and get the bucks on the cruise. But I had no idea how big of a day I was going to have this past Sunday when I got to my tree-stand.  This whole year I have had a rough way to go with seeing deer with the aforementioned acorns. Shortly after sunrise I had the first set of deer blast right past my stand. It was three doe with a buck in hot pursuit and not stopping with a grunt, bleat or scream, and that is pretty much how my whole morning went. I had deer coming from every direction some chasing and some being chased. 

There were a couple of things that assisted me with this productive hunt. Total scent control and a comfortable tree-stand that got me out of both the line of sight and smell. My preference is the whole Hunter's Specialties scent control system and I hunted out of the Summit Viper treestand. 

If you are able to get in the woods in the next couple of days look for large hardwood flats with thick cover areas down wind. Get up high and hold on tight.  Good Luck.

Kevins deer  


Trippin' Cincy Style: Check Out The Fall Y'all

Looking for the best way to see the leaves as they turn their robust oranges, reds and yellows?  Here are a few of our favorite local trails and parks to help you to get in touch with your friends, the trees, this fall.

John Bryan State Park/Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, OH offers exciting views of the Little Miami River as it cuts through an abundance of geological rock formations.  The trails take you low along the river and high above it allowing for bird’s eye views of the trees as they transform into their magical mystery land of color before they become covered with the white embrace of old man winter.

John Bryan

Red River Gorge.  Of course, no local hiking list would be complete without The Gorge.  It truly is breathtaking in every sense of the word.  Rock formations cut from millions of years of hard work leave us with mind boggling views.  Great expanses viewed from atop countless overlooks afford us with no better way to see fall being ushered in.  Don’t forget to stop across the road and check out the Natural Bridge if you make it down.  If you manage to not have color painted dreams after seeing the views from here….well….you must have forgotten to open your eyes up there.

Red River Gorge

Doe Run Lake in Northern Kentucky is one of my favorite little known hikes in the area.  Much closer than our first parks, this is only a 15 minute drive from downtown.  Of course, once your there you don’t think you’re anywhere near the city.  A perimeter trail follows the lake around in a hike that takes about 2 hours.  And if fishing is your thing the lake is well stocked with no shortage of places to stop and drop a line.

East Fork State Park in Clermont County, OH has one of the better backpacking loops in the area.  It offers a 20 mile loop with shelters along the way and intersects Ohio’s Buckeye Trail as you traverse the rolling hills taking in oaks, walnuts and maples along the way.  It is also spotted with many day hikes if an overnight trip isn’t in your agenda.

Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, IN is one of those treasures that is not too far away either.  Aptly named, it is loaded with exquisite falls and views throughout the park.  Bring your camera and you’ll be sure to load it up with shots of orange and red amidst a backdrop of cascading waterfalls.

Clifty Falls

Boone County Cliffs Nature Preserve in Burlington, KY is my little secret spot.  Take the scenic drive through old Burlington to visit this secluded preserve sure to impress any arbor enthusiast with its cliff overlook and abundance of mystic weathered trees.

Enjoy your time out with Mother Nature.  Remember, fall is gone before you know it, along with all those magnificent colors!!!

- Jason Krumpelbeck


Great Outlook For Waterfowl Season

Ducks flying

Coming off a great brooding year, with plenty of water in most of our flyway areas,  it is shaping up to be another great year for waterfowl in the Mid-West states.  The only thing that remains to be seen is the cold or hard freeze that brings down the birds. But I am getting a number of sightings of the Wooly Caterpillar is going to bring us another year of weather that moves birds.

 Make sure that you look over your decoys to make sure that they are in good shape and your lines and weights are in good order. This might be the year that you want to add more color, size or movement to your spread. Stop in and check out the decoy selection.

Redhead duck decoy

Avian-X and Banded Blocks have some great NEW decoys at several different price points to please any level of hunter. Be sure to also check out the new motorized decoys by Lucky Duck and Mojo, and of course our great array of our own RedHead brand decoys and accessories. While you are here pick up a new RedHead Decoy Bag or some RedHead decoy line.

Remember, you want to make sure you have them ready before they show up.  


Too Much Food ?????


After last year’s late frost we were pretty much without any hard mass crop to speak of when deer season came in last year but this year we have a bumper crop of nuts. You can hardly walk through the woods without the chance of rolling your ankle on the acorns. I have been hunting since the early 80’s and cannot remember a time that we have had this much food for the deer.

While this is something great for the herd as a whole it is making it very tough to hunt deer this year. They don’t need to move very far out of their beds to get enough food for the whole day so a lot of hunters are saying that they are just not seeing any deer.

deer rut

But the good news for hunters is that the Rut is getting ready to start and that is one surefire thing that will get deer on their feet and moving. You will start seeing bucks out looking for doe and doe trying to hide from the bucks it will be a perfect time to be in those rutting areas on the property.

 Stop by the store to pick up the scents and calls that you are going to need to make this a productive hunting season.  


The "Other" Fish

When we leave the house to go fishing around here, we normally have a target species in mind. I always here people that fish saltwater say, “You never know what your gonna catch”. This may be a little more true in the saltwater but also rings true around the tri-state as well. Now me I’m primarily a bassman, but some of my most memorable and largest catches are those “other” fish that I wasn’t necessarily trying for. I chased a fish for 30 minutes that I had hooked on a crankbait and never saw it.  Who knows what it was, but it was a blast!

bmay river largemouth bmay shovel erics goldfish


The 3 hardest jig bites I’ve ever had was from a single Shovelhead that owned me three times. It straightened two hooks and broke me off! My dad caught a 10lb. Walleye at Brookville Reservoir while we were bass fishing. The lake record Walleye at Brookville was caught by a fisherman practicing for a bass tournament. A friend caught a 51” Musky while bass fishing at St. Clair. I have hooked fish while bass fishing in the 25+ pound range. Of course they weren’t bass, but for those first few seconds of the fight you just don’t know. It is a test for your tackle and your angling skills. Some of the largest catches an angler will experience may not be the target of the day but will make a lasting memory. So embrace and be proud of that “other” fish you catch next trip out. 

grass carp muskie nicks carp


Get A Good Fit For Beginner Shooters

So you're thinking of starting your child into shotgun shooting? Well first make sure they are ready: tall enough, mentally mature, and most important make sure the gun fits! Mossberg 410There is nothing that will discourage a child from shooting more than excessive recoil.  Shooting with a shotgun that does not fit properly can be one of the leading causes of excessive felt recoil.

When teaching youngsters to shoot use light loads and stationary targets at first then slow targets to gain their confidence. Mossberg and Remington both have guns that have shims that can be added to the gun as the child grows. These guns can be purchased at your local Bass Pro Shops, and any associate at the gun counter can help you with fit.

After making sure the shotgun has a good fit, you should ensure the shooter has the right stance. Feet should be shoulder width apart and if right handed the left toe should be pointing at where you intend to hit the target.  The right leg should be straight and left knee slightly bent. The stock should fit into the shoulder pocket and the face should be on the comb of the stock. Shooting a shotgun is different than shooting a rifle, you should have both eyes open so you won't lose your peripheral vision and your depth perception. Remington 870 JrThen keeping your head down and your eye on the target pull the trigger and follow through with the swing.








2014 Early Deer Forecast: Looking Good !!

Big Deer Rack

With the late frost that killed all the oak blooms and water issues of last season this year is shaping up to be a banner year for bow hunters.

 While out Squirrel hunting and setting cameras I noticed that the oaks are heavy with Acorns this year and with the cool wet summer that we have had this year, the agriculture field are in great shape as is the natural forage. 

 Lots of great pics of big bucks rolling in on cell phones, great time to get the cameras out , bows turned up and broadheads sharpened .

 Remember while setting those early season stands that the deer will be feeding on the soft mast and browse until the acorns start to drop then it is all bets off till the rut starts kicking in.

 Get out there and check out your hunting area for this fall… It’s going to be a good year. 


Labor Day Hometown Festival/Honoring Hometown Heroes

Our Labor Day/Hometown Festival will be held August 30th and 31st and will have many fun events for everyone in the family.

Each day from Noon to 5pm we will have Free family activities that include our duck pond, casting buckets, metal detector demo, free photo download, free craft and free face painting. We will also be giving away two $25 Bass Pro Shops gift cards to lucky winners that enter our drawings each day.

On each day from 1pm to 4pm we will be serving free hotdogs, and from 4pm to 5pm we will be doing an ice cream making demonstration and giving out yummy samples !!

On Saturday August 30th from 2pm to 4pm we will be honoring our Hometown Heroes with hourly drawings and free fish sampling !!! Any and all veterans, police, firefighters, paramedics, military personnel, soldiers and teachers are welcome to join us for this event to say thanks for what you do for us !!!

We will also have product demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday:

1:30pm Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right

2:30pm Backyard Chef: Picking the Right Grill

3:30pm Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy




ACME Predator Control: Don't Wait For The RoadRunner To Get Rid Of Your Coyotes

Are you not seeing as many Deer or Turkey as you did a few years ago? Are your deer acting more on edge even when there is no reason for them to be?  You may have issues with the number of predators on your hunting areas.  It has been shown on controlled fenced in military bases that predators left unchecked will account for 60% of fawns in the first two months of life.  The number of Raccoons, Skunks and Possums will directly impact the number of Turkey eggs that get to hatch in the spring. With the downturn in the fur market we are seeing fewer and fewer people trapping and hunting furbearing animals which has caused a spike in their populations.

While adding food plots and cover help your games animals you may want to consider  taking up predator calling or trapping to help right the number of predator in your hunting areas. Spending the extra time in the woods will also help you to improve your woodsmen skills and help you find those game trails that you did not know about on the other ridge from your stand.

Stop by and talk with our trained hunting staff and they will help you get set up with mouth or electric predator calls and decoys or get you started with trapping Coyotes , Fox, Bobcats or Raccoons.

Sorry, but we are all out of Acme Anvils and rockets.


Stay Sharp With The Right Broadhead Style For You

Are you thinking about switching broad-heads this year or are you new to bow-hunting?  Well, lets talk broad-heads for a few minutes.  You can break them down into three groups or styles of heads.  Fixed blade, Replaceable blade and Expandable style, each has their Pro’s and Con’s and a situation that they work best in.  I have used all three at one point or another in my archery career and have taken deer with all of them.

I would start out with fixed Blade. That is what I started with and what I am shooting now. I like them because I can touch them up and re-sharpen them with little effort.  I also like that as a whole they are the most rugged of the three since they have no moving parts. Downside if you miss and tear up a blade you have to chuck the whole head.

Blackout Broadhead

Blackout Broadhead

Second would be Replaceable Blade models. These are nice if you are not that great at sharpening  blades or don’t have the time to do it. You just get a set of replacement blades and swap them out before you head for the stand.  And if you miss your mark and break a blade off it is no big deal just swap it out.  The downside to these is they have thinner blades and are not as rugged as the fixed blades.

RedHead Blackout Replacement

RedHead Blackout Replaceable Blade

And the newest to the market is the expandable. The pro’s to these are they have a smaller profile so they fly more like a field point so they take less time to tune them in, as the name states they expand which give you a huge cutting area which can cut down on tracking and recovery.  The Con’s would be the moving parts. If they can move there is always the chance that they won’t or won’t at the right time. Also bows with lower poundage should stay clear of these. It does take a good amount of kinetic energy to get them to work correctly and lower poundage bows usually don’t have that.  With the lower poundage I have always found that 1/3 cut fixed heads work the best.

Blackout SS Gator Expandable Blade

Any other questions feel free to stop by and speak with one of our trained Archery Staff.



Get On Target For a Better Bowhunting Season

The days are getting shorter and the mornings are starting to cool off and you can feel Bow season drawing closer.  You have been watching all the hunting DVDs and checking all your equipment and getting your pack ready for the stand, now it time to get some range time in.

Blackout 3-D Deer Target

Blackout 3-D Deer Target

The biggest respect that you can show to any game is to hone your marksmanship so that you can have a quick clean harvest of your game.  There are a number of ways that you can go about this, you can attend 3D shoots on the weekend at your local bow clubs but for those of us that just can get the time to make it there you can always shoot with a couple of buddies in your back yard or wood lot.  We have a number of targets that can help get your skills ready in the pre-season.  We have a large selection of 3-D deer targets that help you understand the arrow placement from different angles and elevations You should check out our Blackout Series of Targets they are built  to last for seasons and help to make you a better bowhunter.

Rhinehart 18-1 Target

Rinehart 18-1 Portable Archery Target

My favorite target for pre-season shooting is the throw-able targets like the Rinehart 18-1 and Field target these help you with judging distance and picking a smaller target that will help you become more accurate. Aim Small/Miss Small. These targets have rope handles and are meant to thrown from spot to spot giving you different shooting angles and distances We play the best shot gets to launch the target and decide the difficulty of the shot. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Rinehart Targets Archery Field Target

Rinehart Targets Archery Field Target





Exploring the Outdoors at Rush Run

Recently, I explored the Rush Run Wildlife Area. You can find it by heading north on 127. I've provided the link to Google Maps' driving directions to make it a little easier. Rush Run is definitely a hidden treasure.

While I was there, I went kayaking and I tried my hand at trap shooting for the first time! Use of the facilities is FREE. There is no park admission fee, not even for the trap shooting field. You do need to carry your own equipment onto the site, though; there is no on-site store. We at the Bass Pro Shop sell everything you need to get started:

Have fun and don't get discouraged if, like me, you're new to the sport and not very good at it yet. You can see from my video that I've still got a lot to learn! Whether you are a novice or an experienced trap shooter, you are sure to enjoy a pleasant day in the outdoors.


A Shark Tale "Cincinnati Midwest Style"

Here’s an entry to celebrate “Shark Week” on Discovery TV. A little shark tale “Cincinnati Midwest Style” !

Just a few pics from my vacation in Florida a week and a half ago. First off, no I haven’t been working out. Should have photo shopped a shirt. Anywho, caught this creature off the beach at Cape San Blas. I’m a bass man by trade, so I was super excited when my cast net actually opened on a throw and caught a 14” mullet. I had my oldest daughter run to the condo and grab the big rod and reel and bring it back (thanks, Claire). I nose hooked the mullet on a 10’ spinning rod and a Shimano baitrunner with 65# braid, a combo that I borrowed 3 years ago (thanks, Mike). Had a leader that someone fixed up for me 3 years ago (thanks, Lars). I waded out to chest deep water and slung it, put it in a sand spike and forgot about it.

Shark coming in

About 30 minutes later, all of the sudden I was mindin’ my own business when I heerd this sound. I realized it was the big rod and by the time I got to it, it was almost spooled and the sand spike was about to pull. I hit the fish, engaged the reel, and it just kept pulling line. At that point, I knew it wasn’t just my mullet swimming home. I was almost out of line, so I locked the drag down and was able to turn the beast. I was a little concerned about seeing what I had hooked because, of course, my whole family had been swimming on this beach all week. I put those thoughts aside when people started to gather around to cheer me on. I had to wave off a few bathers afraid that they would be bit or decapitated by my braided line. The shark continually pulled and really wanted to stay past the first sand bar. Finally, after 20 minutes, I saw my quarry. Another five minutes and I put it on the beach.

Shark on Beach 2 

The shark was about 4.5 feet long and I estimate the weight to be 65-75 pounds or so. If you asked me what kind it was, I would say a blackbulltigertip. I’m not real good on identification, but it had teeth.

Shark on Beach

Fortunately, the shark was hooked in the fin so I didn’t have to lip it to get the hook out. I was able to spin it around and get it back in the water quickly. Thanks to Claire for the help and the pictures. After that the stories of my catch could be heard for minutes. I was a legend in my own mind. There was a lot less swimming the next hour or so. The end.


2014 Fall Hunting Classic Featuring Lee & Tiffany Lakosky

Our Annual Fall Hunting Classic and Sale will be held from August 1st through August 17th this year. We have filled this year’s event with great seminars and activities for the whole family. Check out what we are featuring this year:

August 1st @ 5pm to 9pm - Bass Pro Shops Hunting University featuring a meet and greet with Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, co-hosts of “The Crush” TV Show and members of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team

August 1st to August 17th – Enter to win a “Helicopter Hunt” !! During our Classic, enter to win a two-hour helicopter hunt in Texas with Brian “Pigman” Quaca !!!

August 1st to 6th – Bow and Crossbow trade-in: Trade in a bow or crossbow and get a coupon towards the purchase of a new bow or crossbow

August 7th to 12th – Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In: Trade in binoculars or rangefinder and get a coupon towards  the purchase of new binoculars or rangefinder

August 13th to 17th – Scope Trade-in: Trade in a scope and get a coupon towards the purchase of a new scope

August 9th & 10th – Next Generation Weekend

                Noon to 5pm: Free BB Gun Range, Free Archery Range, Free Photo Download

                Noon to 4pm: Free Kid’s Craft

                2pm and 4pm: “Fall In The Outdoors” Kids Workshop

August 9th @3pm – NEW !! Women’s Hunting Workshop – first 25 women to attend this seminar will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Tumbler

August 15-17 :FREE Hunting Workshops – The first 25 people to attend the Friday and Saturday workshops will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Tumbler. The first 25 on Sunday will receive a FREE Survival Whistle

August 15th @ 7pm – So You Think You Know How To Bow Hunt?

August 16th & August 17th:

                                1pm – Autumn Hunt: New Approaches to Fall Success

                               2pm – Tender Venison? It’s Easier Than You Think

                                3pm – Does Camo Pattern Really Matter?

                               4pm – Why Should You Be Hunting Coyote?

                5pm – How To Integrate Your Game Camera With Mobile Devices

August 16th- 10am to 2pm: Free Bad Boy Buggy Test Drive in our Tracker Boat Lot


Kayaking the Great Miami River

I have been rafting and kayaking, on and off, since I was fourteen years old. I've faced class 5 rapids. I've battled white water in three states. This weekend, I took my first drink – in the placid waters of the Great Miami River!

Consider this a cautionary tale.

My party consisted of my husband, a friend, and me. We put in at Rentschler Forest. You can find the well-maintained park on 5701 Reigart Road in Fairfield Township. 

Rentschler is built on the remnants of the old Eerie Canal. It is evident that the natural flow of water has been diverted. Directly across from the ramp, a dam blocks access to the main river. Instead, a small, shallow tributary flows into the main river maybe a mile or so downstream. We stumbled upon the clever idea of crossing to the dam, carrying our kayaks across the rocky riverbed, and putting in below the dam. That way, we reasoned, we wouldn't get stuck in the shallow water of the tributary. We'd only have to walk our kayaks once, not every time the water got shallow. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable plan, right? Wrong!

Rentschler Park

Warning: don't ever do this.

We paddled across to the old dam and got out. We immediately realized that the dry riverbed over which we had to carry our kayaks was a bit longer and comprised of more treacherous terrain than we'd originally anticipated. On the map, it looks like a hop, skip, and a jump. In reality, it felt more like a slide, skid, and a stumble.

Here, I was the lucky one. My kayak is an Otter by Old Town. I bought it a few years ago, but the product has since been discontinued; that's a shame. Mine is a light-weight, no-frills kayak that is easy to carry. I'm only 5 feet tall and, I'll admit it, I'm rather out of shape. Carrying my kayak across a bed of loose rocks was certainly easier on me than it was for the guys, both of whom had larger kayaks. They had to help each other and take two trips. I got to sit by the water and play Candy Crush while I waited for them.

Kayak at Dam in Rentschler Park

We put in below the dam.

Putting in below the dam proved a bit awkward. The churning water actually kicked up a bit of a current. This is where my light sit-in put me at a disadvantage to the guys' heavy sit-on-top models. Putting in at a ramp and in placid water is one thing. Climbing inside a kayak near a dam and against a current? Entirely another thing. One foot went in, one stayed planted on the rocks. I did the splits. Then, splash! Into the water I went!

Bonus: the water wasn't freezing. It also wasn't deep. I clung to my kayak, found my footing, and tried to climb back onto the bank. Unfortunately, the loose, rocky riverbed kept slipping out from under my feet every time they found purchase. My husband yanked on my shirt, a move that caused me to lose my footing again, but I eventually made it back onto the rocks without losing either my kayak or paddle. I've decided to be flattered that my husband's first reaction was to try to save me, even if I was never really in any great peril. Honestly, the thoughts flashing through my mind were less, “Oh, God!” and more, “Now I have to do laundry before work!”

After I got back into my boat, we finally paddled off. Every inch of me was dripping wet – and yes, I was embarrassed. I'm glad we had the presence of mind to take a dry bag. We use Ascend's Round Bottom Lightweight Dry Bags. We've never been disappointed with their performance, not even after a few years of wear and tear. My cell phone and wallet remained dry and functional because I stowed them in a dry bag. They're cheap ($15.99), and a must-have accessory for any day spent on the water. They're definitely cheaper then replacing water-logged phones!

The rest of the trip proved peaceful and uneventful. I spent the first half of the trip as I spend the first half of any trip: being asked to wait.

Waiting in kayak
The Waiting Game: this is what happens when you have a fast kayak.

My small, light watercraft is more maneuverable and much faster than my friends' larger kayaks tend to be. The guys were using the behemoth Ascend FS128-T and the comparatively smaller Ascend FS12-T. Both are great boats for kayak fishing. For simple paddling trips like ours, however, I still prefer mine.

We hit a few areas of choppy water and a couple of  spots that might qualify as rapids. Maybe. I'll give them a Class 1 status because I'm feeling generous. We also hit a few shallow patches in which the bottoms of our kayaks and the ends of our paddles scraped rock. One area had a long pipe going from bank to bank surprisingly near the surface of the water. It created a bit of a slide for us, but had the water been lower, it could have proven a major obstacle or even obstructed our journey.

We paddled about four miles down to Combs Park in Hamilton, OH. The ramp here is old and eroded, with chunks of concrete having broken off in abundance. Nevertheless, it is capable of handling larger watercraft. As we were pulling our kayaks up, a family was backing their trailer and jon boat into the water.

The entire trip, complete with a hike across a dry riverbed and a spontaneous dunking, lasted a bit less than two hours. It was scenic and refreshing – and it left me plenty of time to do laundry before work! All in all, I recommend a good paddle down the Great Miami. Just don't try to be clever and bypass the shallow water, like I did. You might end up getting wet!

Amanda Bull Chafin





Dude Wipes: Saving The World One Dude At A Time

Now available at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Cincinnati. DUDE Wipes. (Pronounced dood not doody.) They are exactly what you think they are. Flushable wipes for him. A three pack will run you 1.99. The packaging has some clever and funny statements. Not to spoil all of them something about "King of the Throne", "Also sweet for your face, hands, pits and dude regions". They are good when you need to make a "clean" getaway. Ok I made that one up. A good compliment to the library and BPS cata -log. 

Bassmaster Elite Pro Gerald G-Man Swindle is a huge proponent of DUDE wipes and has even discussed taking a break for a "maintenance wipe" when confronted by that "not so fresh feeling".   Fortified with Vitamin E, Aloe and smell good these are bound to make your day more comfortable after the paperwork has been filled out, so to speak.


The Dude Products Story

In 2012 Dude Products was founded out of an apartment in Chicago. Whether it was some unexpected physical activity or the aftermath of the lunchtime burrito, The Dudes realized, as guys, they were destined to smell. Something needed to be done. So on behalf of Dudekind they created The Award Winning Dude Wipes™ to combat stank and put you back on your game wherever or whenever nature calls.


Dude Wipes, saving the world one Dude at a time. 


Get The Right Boots on the Ground This Fall

As the days start to get shorter we are drawing closer to opening day of deer season and if this is the year that you are going to get new boots to hunt in you may want to start thinking about what you want and what is going to work best for you. I have a few different pairs and each has its best time to use but I am going to just look at two basic types and what they do best.

Rubber Knee Boots:

RedHead® Guide 16'' Waterproof Rubber Boots for MenI would have to say that more than half of my trips to the deer stand are made in this style of boot. They are by far the best when it comes to scent control on walking to and from your stand.  Being all rubber they do not hold a lot of scent in the material of the boots and also allow you to walk through streams and low rivers to get to your stand without getting your feet wet and knocking off any odor that you may have pickup along the way. The downside to these boots is that they do not breathe. So if your feet sweat a bunch you may have issues with keeping your feet warm without the right sock combo. 


Leather Hunting Boots:

RedHead® 10'' Treestand II GORE-TEX® Insulated Boots for MenThese are the boots that most of us think of when we think hunting boots. They are mostly a lace up style of boot which will fit your foot better and make it more comfortable to walk longer distances in. These boots breathe and those with waterproof membranes are waterproof to crossing creeks and the chance of getting caught in a shower. But know that if you are walking through rain soaked grass and field that your feet will get damp. The act of water through the grass is forcing water through the membrane so your feet will get damp. I find myself wearing these boots once it falls below freezing. It easier for me to get the right combo of socks on and the leather will let my feet breathe. 


Come in and let our trained staff in the footwear department help you pick the boots that will work best for you. 



Make A Splash With These Wading Boots

White River Shop

Are you looking to upgrade your Waders this year for comfort and fit? Then chance are you will be looking at boot-foot waders which mean that you will be needing wader boots. There are a number of choices out there with each having their own advantages and disadvantages. I will break them down to help you find the boot that you need.


Rubber Lug Soles:

These are going to be the most inexpensive of the group but not that great is most areas. These boots do well with mud and loose gravel with no moss. You will find this boot sole on most waders with the boot attached. A good boot for Duck hunter and those fishing warm water


Felt bottom boots:

These boots are great for those of us who fish cold water streams and rivers with moss and plant life living on the rocks. The felt give a better traction with more surface contact, these boots can be made better by adding carbide screw in spikes which will help with those really slick round river rocks of the western rivers. But be careful, there are a lot of shops and guides that won’t want you to wear them in their shops and boats. They do tear up flooring like golf cleats.


Sticky Rubber boots:

White River Wading Boot

These are relatively new but gaining speed fast. With the spreading of diseases and parasite that can live in the felt bottoms of older boots a number of states have outlawed the use of felt bottom boots and made the rubber bottom boots the best choice. The rubber on the bottom of these boots is very similar to that of rock climbing shoes so the stick to rocks as good if not better than the felt soles and the carbide cleats can be added to these as well to give you that extra bite. Check out the White River Extreme boots. A great boot for cold water fishermen and Hunters.


Git 'R Done Fast With The Orion Cooker

Orion Cooker

The Orion Cooker. Hard to define. It's in a catergory of its own. Charcoal BBQ smoker is how the website describes it. My experience is it is like the microwave of the outdoor cooking world. If you don't have the time for using regular smokers and enjoy outdoor cooking this may be the answer. Imagine going home in the evening putting a 12 pound turkey in and eating it an hour and 25 minutes later. It's possible with the Orion. Cook times are quick and you basically light it and walk away. The company even says if you are lookin' you ain't cookin.


The Orion includes 3 rib hangers a poultry post and lifting handle, and three cooking grates. You can achieve a smoked flavor by adding chips around the drip pan in the bottom of the Orion. Granted you do not get as strong of smoke flavor as traditional smokers but it only takes a fraction of the time. Orion cooking times are based on using instant light charcoal. One cook will take a whole 13-15 pound bag of charcoal. Smaller cuts may require less. I normally cook my main meal then have a smaller item to cook as soon as the larger is done. Now you have covered at least two meals while using the Orion. 


The process is simple place your food item on the appropriate rack. Replace the lid. Fill the upper ring with about 12 briquettes use the remainder to fill the large lower ring. Light the upper and lower ring, note the time, drink a couple of appropriate beverages and return at the designated time to find outdoor cooking perfection. I have listed some of the cook times below to give an idea of how fast and easy the Orion is. Of course you can marinate, rub, inject and do all kinds of things to the food that you are placing in the Orion. If you need ideas you can go to their website. The Orion is 159.99 and is available at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Cincinnati, Ohio.



Orion Cook time examples:




Cook Time*


3-4 lbs

1 hour 10 minutes


15 lbs

1 hour 45 minutes (7 minutes/lb)

Baby Back Ribs

6 racks

1 hour 15 minutes

Beef Brisket

6-7 lbs

3 hours

Boston Butt

5 lbs

3 hours 30 minutes

Chicken Wings

40 wings

1 hour






*Cooking times are approximate